# What are the steps for simplifying radicals?

##### 1 Answer

#### Answer:

See if you can factor out a perfect square

#### Explanation:

In general, when we simplify radicals, we want to factor out a perfect square. For instance:

Let's say we're simplifying the radical

Because of the radical law, we can rewrite a radical expression

In our example, we can rewrite

Since

The same goes if we had

Once again,

Let's solidify this further with another example:

We can rewrite

Hope this helps!